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I am no longer associated with Amazon.com

I am writing this post to tell readers of my blog that I am no longer associated with Amazon.com. In the past, if you clicked on the link to my books (shown in the right hand column), and purchased them or any other products from Amazon.com, I received a small "advertising fee." No more. There is a new California State Law that will require them to charge sales tax, and their response was to drop all California affiliates.

The links to Amazon.com probably still work fine, but I will not receive any fees if you purchase from them. I have been in the process of changing the links to IndieBound.org, a web store created by an association of independent bookstores. I will try to finish that job ASAP. In the meantime, I suggest that if you want to purchase my books online, you do so by going to the website of IndieBound.org.

Following are excerpts from the two messages I received today from Amazon.com:

Excerpts from he first letter:

"Hello,

For well over a decade, the Amazon Associates Program has worked with thousands of California residents. Unfortunately, a potential new law that may be signed by Governor Brown compels us to terminate this program for California-based participants. It specifically imposes the collection of taxes from consumers on sales by online retailers - including but not limited to those referred by California-based marketing affiliates like you - even if those retailers have no physical presence in the state.

As a result, we will terminate contracts with all California residents that are participants in the Amazon Associates Program as of the date (if any) that the California law becomes effective. We will send a follow-up notice to you confirming the termination date if the California law is enacted."

Then tonight, a message arrived that began thus:

"Unfortunately, Governor Brown has signed into law the bill that we emailed you about earlier today. As a result of this, contracts with all California residents participating in the Amazon Associates Program are terminated effective today, June 29, 2011."